Power was the quickest of the 12 Team Chevy drivers at Baltimore

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Power was followed closely by fellow Team Chevy drivers Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais.

BALTIMORE – Will Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and winner of last weekend’s IZOD IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway, was the quickest of the 12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers today in two practice sessions for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Power was followed closely by fellow Team Chevy drivers Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais.

Will Power, Team Penske
Will Power, Team Penske

Photo by: Brad Fox

One more practice session is scheduled for Saturday morning, before knockout Firestone Fast Six qualifying to set the starting line-up for Sunday’s 75-lap race begins.

Qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award is set for Noon - 1:10 p.m. on Saturday and will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network (Delayed, 6 p.m. ET).

The 75 laps/153 mile race is scheduled to start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with live TV coverage on NBC Sports Network.

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It was a decent start to the weekend today for the Verizon team. I think we still have a bit of work to do on the car to get it to where it needs to be and find some more speed. The track itself is very physical, especially the chicanes.

Those are pretty tough. On the last lap there in the afternoon session I just locked up the tires going into Turn 9 and fortunately there wasn’t much in the way of damage to the front wing. We’ll give it another go tomorrow.”

ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 4 NATIONAL GUARD PANTHER RACING CHEVROLET: “It’s been a great start at the Orioles home base, which makes me feel right at home with all these signs up for me. (joking) It’s definitely an encouraging start to the weekend.

I cannot remember the last time we started this good, so it’s obvious the testing we did recently at Sebring is paying off. It’s hard to tell where everybody else is because we didn’t get a run on new tires in the last session. We’ll see, but I’m definitely happy with the work everybody on the National Guard Panther team has been doing.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PPG AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH CHEVROLET: “Baltimore is a different kind of place. It's a bumpy track, for sure, and it takes a lot out of you. If you put a good lap together here you're really doing something because it's very difficult to control the car. But the PPG Team Penske guys did a good job today and we're looking for a brighter day tomorrow. We’ll be ready to go for qualifying.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 GODADDY ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET: “It’s funny. We’re coming off a race where we had two full test days before a full race weekend; you felt like you had all the time in the world and still it wasn’t enough to do all the changes you want to do.

With street circuits there is no testing and we had a bunch of things we wanted to accomplish today, and I’d say we actually got most of them done – which for us this year is saying something, we haven’t had the best luck at doing that so far. The times don’t look awesome, we didn’t get new tires there at the end, but largely I’m actually pretty happy with the GoDaddy car.

We made small changes on it during the last session because the lunch changes were really good. Hopefully we can keep fine tuning things here and there because I think we’re pretty close. It’s definitely a car that can fight for the (Firestone) Fast Six.”

E.J. VISO, NO. 5 TEAM VENEZUELA PDVSA CITGO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORTS CHEVROLET: “Tough day. I think as a team, we are not where we are supposed to be. We just definitely need to work hard tonight and come up with some good changes and good ideas for tomorrow. It is extremely competitive, and it seems this track helps and really suits the Honda teams; I’m sure that overnight there will be some changes happening from us and Team Chevy.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 1 DHL ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET: “It’s tough. Right now we need to regroup as a team and go forward with some testing tomorrow. We’re all a little bit off paced from where we need to be. At the moment, the way the curbs and chicanes are set up you need to put your car at major risk to get the lap time. I’m not quite there on putting the DHL Chevy at full risk – we’ll see, I’m fully confident we’ll be on it for tomorrow.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, NO. 25 DR PEPPER ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET: “We totally went the wrong way today, but we were trying something that we thought we needed for qualifying tomorrow. I’m glad we got it out of the way today because now we know and won’t be a change behind tomorrow. I think we are headed in the right direction and can hopefully see the Dr Pepper car in the (Firestone) Fast Six. tomorrow”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET: “This is always a tough track. The first session I didn’t do a good job putting quality laps together. In the second session, we were a little better in trying to close the gap on the leaders. But we still have a lot of work to do for Saturday.

The track changes every year that we have been here. It is never the same curbs and the walls are a little different too. In fact, it is almost like learning a new track every year. The first day is always rough on the teams with the different pavement and concrete surfaces too.”

Tean Chevy

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